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xiao8

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[e][h]LGD GamingLGD Gaming xiao8
Player Information
Name:
张宁
Romanized Name:
Zhang Ning
Nationality:
Born:
January 11, 1989 (age 35)
Region:
East Asia East Asia
Years Active (Player):
2011 - 2021
Current Role:
Nicknames:
Director 8
Approx. Total Winnings:
$1,884,145
Signature Hero:
Doom Nature's Prophet Beastmaster
Links
History
2011-08-02 — 2011-08-09
2011-08-09 — 2014-02-19
2014-02-23 — 2014-07-29Newbee
2014-12-31 — 2015-03-08Big God
2015-03-08 — 2015-08-26LGD Gaming
2015-08-26 — 2016-09-17LGD Gaming(Sub)
2016-09-17 — 2017-01-03LGD.Forever Young
2017-01-10 — 2018-01-02Newbee Boss
2018-01-02 — 2018-05-25Big God
2018-05-25 — 2020-09-16EHOME(C.)
2020-09-16 — PresentLGD Gaming(C.)
Upcoming Matches
No Upcoming Matches

Upcoming Tournaments
No upcoming tournaments

Zhang "xiao8" Ning (born January 11, 1989) is a Chinese Dota 2 player who is currently coaching LGD Gaming.

Biography[edit]

Xiao8 begun his professional career in September 2010 playing in Dream alongside Yao, DD, Li and SJQ.[1]

Dota 2[edit]

In early 2011 Xiao8 joined Catastrophic Cruel Memories along with Zhou, Ferrari 430 and ddc. After some success Xiao8 and his teammates moved to Invictus Gaming in a $6 million deal.[2] However the team failed to perform in The International 2011, and following a defeat to Tyloo at the World Cyber Games 2011 Xiao8 and ddc moved to LGD Gaming.[3] In LGD Gaming Xiao8 played the offlane prior to and during The International 2012, but afterwards played the solo mid role, up until his departure from the team.[4]

Xiao8 was then rumored to be part of a "Chinese Dream Team",[5] and it was later confirmed that he was acquired, along with Hao, by Newbee for approximately $100,000 USD,[6] joining KingJ, ZSMJ, and Mu. Xiao8 would start off in the support role, until ZSMJ and KingJ were replaced by Banana and Sansheng, delegating the offlane to Xiao8. This team would go on to win The International 2014, despite almost being eliminated in the group stages. On July 29th, Xiao8 announced his break from professional play on his Weibo.[7]

Following the conclusion of his playing career, Xiao8 moved into coaching for EHOME and later PSG.LGD, with whom he won the Animajor 2021 and finished runner up at The International 2021.

Trivia[edit]

  • He chose the name Xiao8 because Xiao1-7 were not available.[8]
  • Xiao8 married Chinese model Jie Zhao after meeting her on a Chinese game show,[9] after initially failing to woo any of the women on the show he re-appeared in a later episode and secured a date. In 2015, the two officially announced their divorce after being separated for an extended period.[10]

Achievements[edit]

DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2021-09-101stTier 1OGA Dota PIT InvitationalOGA Dota PIT Invitational
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
3 : 1
Team SpiritTeam Spirit
$114,500
2021-08-292ndTier 1ESL One Fall 2021ESL One Fall 2021
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
2 : 3
Tundra EsportsTundra Esports
$85,000
2021-08-161stTier 2OGA Dota PIT Season 5: ChinaOGA Dota PIT Season 5: China
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
3 : 0
ElephantElephant
$62,500
2016-08-099th - 12thTier 1The International 2016The International 2016
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
0 : 2
Digital ChaosDigital Chaos
$311,557
2016-06-114thTier 1The Manila Major 2016The Manila Major 2016
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
0 : 2
Team LiquidTeam Liquid
$255,000
2015-08-083rdTier 1The International 2015The International 2015
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
0 : 2
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
$2,211,554
2015-05-231stTier 1i-League Season 3i-League Season 3
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
3 : 0
Vici GamingVici Gaming
$214,184
2015-02-084thTier 1Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015Dota 2 Asia Championships 2015
Big GodBig God
1 : 2
Team SecretTeam Secret
$214,026
2014-07-211stTier 1The International 2014The International 2014
NewbeeNewbee
3 : 1
Vici GamingVici Gaming
$5,025,029
2012-09-023rdTier 1The International 2012The International 2012
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
1 : 2
Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming
$150,000
Extended list of results
DatePlaceTierTournamentTeamResultPrize
2023-10-293rdTier 1The International 2023The International 2023
LGD GamingLGD Gaming
0 : 2
Gaimin GladiatorsGaimin Gladiators
$270,499
2023-07-269th - 12thTier 1Riyadh Masters 2023Riyadh Masters 2023
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
0 : 2
Quest EsportsQuest Esports
$300,000
2022-10-235th - 6thTier 1The International 2022The International 2022
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
0 : 2
Team AsterTeam Aster
$662,543
2022-08-142ndTier 1PGL Arlington Major 2022PGL Arlington Major 2022
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
1 : 3
Team SpiritTeam Spirit
$100,000
2022-07-241stTier 1Riyadh Masters 2022Riyadh Masters 2022
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
2 : 0
Team SpiritTeam Spirit
$1,500,000
2021-10-172ndTier 1The International 2021The International 2021
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
2 : 3
Team SpiritTeam Spirit
$5,202,400
2021-06-131stTier 1WePlay AniMajorWePlay AniMajor
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
3 : 0
Evil GeniusesEvil Geniuses
$200,000
2021-04-043rdTier 1ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
1 : 2
Invictus GamingInvictus Gaming
$75,000
2020-10-031stTier 2China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1China Dota2 Pro Cup Season 1
PSG.LGDPSG.LGD
3 : 0
EHOMEEHOME
$40,000
2019-01-131stTier 2The Bucharest MinorThe Bucharest Minor
EHOMEEHOME
3 : 1
Gambit EsportsGambit Esports
$125,000
Extended list of results

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